Debbie Martinez is the fourth daughter in her family to graduate from the University of Southern California TRIO progam, and the fourth to go to college. Nearly 80 percents of high school seniors who go through USC TRIO go to college.

The USC TRIO programs, which include three Upward Bound programs and the Math/Science unit, serve more than 2,000 students in four middle schools and 12 high schools in Los Angeles Unified School District.

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Comment by University Park Family on June 10, 2009 at 10:03pm
That's Amy - she's one of my colleagues here at USC. She helped me interview the Martinez family. We were both touched I think. There was a lot more to the interview but translation is tough. With the family, there was only "this is my story. This is just who we are." And I say, look what they've done. I have a few brothers and sisters myself, six truth be told, and you know, "but for grace." Only one lucky enough to get through college. In my case, just chance.
Comment by Amy Blu on June 10, 2009 at 3:03pm
Good to hear some uplifting stories!

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